London, UK: According to a new survey by the Heathrow, one in 10 British children cannot find the UK on a map. The Heathrow study of 1,000 children between the ages of six and 10 also revealed that 41 percent of them did not know that the UK is in Europe.
The study further highlighted that while a whopping 78 percent of British children have been abroad, many find it difficult to identify the locations of even the most popular destinations. Some of the major findings of the study include:
– Almost half of children (48 percent) have been to Spain by the age of ten and 42 percent have visited France.
– Nearly one in two of the respondents polled (45 percent) could not pinpoint Spain on a map.
– Over a third (36 percent) could not find France.
– Just over half (51 percent) were unable to find Germany.
Surprisingly, the children performed better when asked about countries outside of Europe with Australia being correctly identified by the largest amount of children (78 percent), closely followed by Russia (73 percent).
To address this issue, UK’ Heathrow airport has come up with a novel idea. The airport has installed giant globes in its terminals to help children locate their destination. Also, 20,000 maps will be handed to young travellers, adding to their excitement about the destinations ahead and helping them to understand more about different cultures and geographical locations across the world.
Earlier, a similar survey on geography literacy in the US, conducted by the National Geographic-Roper 9 country, had revealed young adults, ages 18-24, lacked the ability to identify key areas on a world map.